Explore New York Like a Local
Everyone knows that New York City is full of world-famous sights, but you’ll never get an authentic feel for the city if you spend all your time at the tourist hotspots. Check out our top picks for lesser-known NYC attractions, and explore the city like a local.
Appreciate Art Without the Crowd
A smaller, less crowded version of your favorite modern art museum, MoMA PS1 is the Long Island City sibling of Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art. The museum is housed in an old public-school building with a cafeteria-style dining hall. It features family-friendly exhibits and exquisite contemporary art, ideal for the art lover who is looking for something off the beaten path. Admission is donation based, exhibits are updated often, and the museum offers seasonal events throughout the year.
Enjoy the Day in Bryant Park
A popular treasure in Midtown Manhattan, Bryant Park is an intimate version of New York’s vast Central Park. This charming green space is scattered with people throughout the year, as annual activities pop up during every season. Summers are spent with park goers relaxing over their favorite books, renting board games, viewing outdoor film screenings, and enjoying open-air performances. Winters bring the Bank of America Winter Village, which fills the park with ice skating, holiday shops, and more.
Experience Dance & Theater at New York City Center
If you’re a fine-arts lover, the New York City Center should be on your list. Less bustling than the typical Broadway scene, this fine-arts center offers an intimate evening of dance, musicals, theater performances, and more. A lesser-known NYC staple for over 75 years, the New York City Center can be found in Midtown Manhattan, on West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
Venture to Williamsburg
This trendy neighborhood sits across the East River from Manhattan’s East Village and is commonly known for its indie, hipster vibe. Williamsburg aligns perfectly with the trendsetting qualities of Brooklyn and consistently offers up new hip restaurants, boutiques, and galleries. Spend the day sipping on a nitro cold brew from an artisan coffee shop, before rummaging through a local vintage store for one-of-a-kind finds. End your evening with craft cocktails and skyline views of Manhattan at one of the area’s fresh rooftop bars.
Now that you’ve got your itinerary sorted, reserve your stay at The Excelsior Hotel and enjoy convenient access to the city’s lesser-known highlights.